Didn’t have much time Friday to look at new Auburn commitment Ryan White, the athlete-slash-corner from Lincoln High in Tallahassee. So we’ll look at him now.
White is in some ways a carbon copy of Auburn’s previous frosh commitment, Woodlawn’s Chris Davis. Both are undersized–White is listed at either 5-11 or 6-0 and 185–and are headed for cornerback at Auburn despite (like so many fast-twitch athletes) playing quarterback for their high school teams.
That confusion regarding his future position and the resulting guru evaluations is another thing White has in common with Davis–White’s only an unranked 5.5-rated three-star at Rivals and at Scout a two-star QB ranked No. 110. Of course White’s potential as a college quarterback means pretty much zilch when it comes to his potential as a college corner, which is why as always it falls to ESPN–who gives him a highish three-star rating of 78 as the No. 55 athlete–to realize that hey, people shorter than 6-3 can play this game, too. (Especially when their listed 40 time is 4.4. However accurate that might be, it’s still safe to assume White’s plenty, plenty fast.)
Of course, college coaches are plenty aware of that fact, which is why one way White and Davis differ is in White’s impressive array of offers: Arkansas, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Oregon, etc. Another big point in White’s favor is that he wasn’t just another recruit for Auburn’s coaches: according to Beaver he was Chizik and Co.’s “top target” remaining on the board at defensive back.
You ask me, that’s a hell of an endorsement, and so it won’t surprise me at all to see White outperform his guru ratings by a mile.
Elsewhere in non-Newton-related krootin’ news:
Whither Ken Adams? The JUCO TE/DE and Tennessee commit was supposed to announce last Wednesday–and a lot of Auburn people, it seems, expected him to announce in Auburn’s favor. But then Adams for undisclosed reasons didn’t announce or say anything in public, which in the wake of Newtonmania many Auburn fans have interpreted as a sign that Auburn decided to keep the fifth early-enrollment spot open for Newton rather than letting Adams have it.
Whatever’s going on–and frankly the puzzle pieces on that theory seem to make some sense, with Roszell Gayden’s nebulous early-enrollment status possibly also having a role–apparently Adams’ decision-process seems to be coming to an end. The important thing from the Auburn standpoint is that those five early-signing slots get filled–if Gayden or Newton don’t come in for the spring, it’ll be a shame if Adams doesn’t.
New name? Texas CB Toney Hurd has decommitted from Notre Dame and supposedly Auburn is getting a look. Hurd is an ESPN favorite and will play in their All-American game, but does Auburn still have room? Davis and White give Auburn three CBs in the class already (along with Jonathan Mincy) and a pair of projected safeties in Demetruce McNeal and D.J. Howard. Six DBs would be a lot for one class. Then again: Auburn will have zero scholarship underclassman corners on next year’s roster and just one scholarship underclassman defensive back, period–T’Sharvan Bell. A big class of DBs would be a good thing. (Howard’s looking around, too, it’s worth noting.)